Well it wasn't a country house in the sense of Highclere or Sandringham; but Rownhams House in (oddly enough) Rownhams, is an absolute gem of a property if you're getting married. Considering how close it is to us, my first ever visit there was this past Saturday; many thanks to our lovely bride Kim for choosing it as her wedding venue; without her I would have known nothing about it. The owner was great too and gave us a little tour of the property once we had sorted our flowery bits and pieces. I can only say if you're looking for somewhere with that little something special for your wedding ceremony, you can't go wrong paying them a visit. Sadly after October this year they won't be hiring their rooms out for the wedding breakfast and evening reception (not all guests shall we say have behaved in the past and have caused much damage) but you can still get married there. You're also guaranteed some beautiful back drops for photos.
|Many thanks to Glen Jevon @ Glen Jevon Photography for allowing us to copy this photo.|
I digress. I'm not here to sing the praises of a wedding venue; but to congratulate the lovely Kim and her new husband Brian on their wedding on Saturday. Every once in a while a bride will come along with similar tastes to myself; Kim was that bride. I would have gone for different colours (and a different shaped bouquet), but when it came to her choice of flowers for everyone and everything else, I was with her all the way. While Kim herself had a shower bouquet (with just a hint of a trail) she chose natural tied bouquets for her bridesmaids using Pacific Blue roses, lilac freesia and dark purple double lisianthus. Gorgeous flowers that work well together to give any bouquet that natural look.
This theme was carried throughout with the flowers; the table's had fishbowls with Lilac spray roses: single headed roses in lilac: lilac stocks: ivory hydrangeas: ivory & lilac freesia: purple lisianthus; they were finished with ivy and bear grass. Rather than arrange them loose in the vase, these were made as little tied bouquets, which were then sat in the vases; doing this meant guests got to take home a little bouquet at the end of the evening. As you can see by the photograph below, the fire place was also made up of 5 separate arrangements, instead of one long one. This again meant guests got to take some flowers home to enjoy for a few more weeks to come.
The fireplace and top table also had exactly the same flowers in them so that everything matched. As with most wedding venues, the room itself is beautiful; the tables were laid up lovely; the chair covers and sashes a perfect match; but those few flowers in the table centres and on the fire place just gave the whole room a lift. There was nothing huge or over the top; just simple, traditional elegance. It was a real treat for me as the florist to get the opportunity to arrange the flowers, and even more so as I actually got out of the shop for a change and was able to go along to the reception venue and set up. So often I end up stuck back in the shop; to be able to visit was a real treat.